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fall about 10 degrees colder than average. so our stretch of ugly, cold, cloudy, breezy weather is going to continue at least into your saturday. 46 now at national airport. 42 in martinsburg, west virginia. good news is we don't need to worry about rain drops today or tomorrow but it is going to stay breezy and chilly climbing into the low 50s for a brief time today. there is a massive bundle up factor. we'll talk about sunday sunshine coming up. >> thanks. five days after hurricane sandy made landfall people up and down the east coast are still feeling the impact. today president obama is expected to meet with top aides and lawmakers to monitor the government's response to the storm. the storm is now blamed for 109 deaths in the u.s. crews and first responders from our area have been sent to some of the worst hit areas while 2.5 million people are still without power. more than half are in new jersey. as the death toll rises and people continue to clean up new york mayor michael bloomberg has decided to cancel tomorrow's new
york city marathon. people were outraged this week when bloomberg said the race would be a boost for the economy and inspire the city to move on after the storm. now though the race that brings 40,000 runners through some of the most damaged parts of the city is off. the race would have closed roads and bridges at a time when transportation is already difficult. countless drivers meanwhile have had to sit in long lines just to fill up their gas tanks. new jersey's governor chris christie has ordered gas rationing based on your license plate number. meantime, the obama administration has ordered the purchase of as much as 22 million gallons of fuel and diesel for the areas hardest hit by sandy. many stations are closed because of damage or lack of power leading to lines that stretch for miles to get to the few stations that are open. stay with news 4 and nbc for the latest on hurricane sandy's impact and remember to help the storm victims you can go to red
9:02am or call 1-800-help now and also text the word red cross to 90999 to make a $10 donation. montgomery county police are asking for your help in finding a suspect who sexually assaulted a woman on the capitol crescent trail. police released this sketch of the suspect. late last month a 21-year-old woman was jogging on the trail near brookway drive when a man attacked her. he knocked her out, dragged her into the woods, and sexually assaulted her. police are asking anyone with any information on this incident to come forward. and a man ness jail on a $2 million bail accused of throwing pipe bombs into three homes in fredericksburg in stafford county. lawrence stewart faces attempted murder charges for targeting his ex-girlfriend and two law enforcement officers earlier this week. he is also accused of throwing pipe bombs at police as they tried to arrest him. he was arrested a few days later in montana. this year marks a decade since the sniper shootings that left ten people dead in our area. >> now the ex-wife of convicted
sniper john alan mohamed is speaking out about the attacks. mildred mohamed talks about how she is moving on from hardship to find hope. >> october 23rd atf knocked on my door to take me to the police station for questioning and that is when they told me they were going to name john as the sniper. that was also when mildred mohamed would learn her ex-husband was out to murder her and the ten innocent people who were killed were just a cover. >> so that he could come in as a grieving father and get custody of the children. >> reporter: mildred says john alan mohamed was psychologically abusive to her. after she left him he disappeared with their three young children. when she finally got them back a judge issued a restraining order against her ex-husband. mildred mohamed knew that if he saw her again he would kill her. >> he said you have become my enemy and as my enemy i will
kill you. he said that right in my face. >> i think people would be surprised to know that other people have attacked you. >> they don't consider me or my children to be victims. after john was caught, there were people who said to me, to my face, or e-mail or letters that if i would have stayed with john then he just would have killed me. >> reporter: after all you've been through, how do you cope with that kind of thing? >> people were expressing their emotions out of pain and if they could not get to john, then the next person would be me. >> reporter: at first mildred mohamed worked hard to protect her family's privacy but as the years have passed she has channeled her pain and hardship into hope. she started a nonprofit and website dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse. she's also in demand as a public speaker reminding people that
all domestic abuse victims pay a painful emotional price. >> you don't have to feel like you're alone and you don't have to feel like this is your fault. >> reporter: it wasn't until the day her ex-husband was executed in 2009 that mildred says she finally felt safe. >> my life was my own again. >> reporter: doreen gentzler, news 4 today. >> mildred mohamed did not comment on recent interviews which lee malvo claimed he was brain washed by mohamed. she says her three kids are doing well. two of her kids are in college studying opera and her son hopes to become a professional football player. find a link to her website on ours, nbc now to decision 2012 we're less than 72 hours away from the big election. president obama will be in prince william county, virginia later tonight for a star-studded rally. joining the president will be the former vice president or
excuse me former president bill clinton and singer dave matthews at the jiffy lube live in bristow. president obama was supposed to visit prince william county on monday but rescheduled because of hurricane sandy. today is a busy one for the commander in chief. he'll also make stops in ohio, wisconsin, and iowa. meantime mitt romney is traveling all over the country to try and snag those last few undecided votes that may be out there. today he'll be in the battleground states of new hampshire, iowa, and colorado. he is also scheduled to travel to virginia. he is set to appear at george mason university for a rally on monday. his running mate paul ryan is racking up frequent flyer miles as well. he is scheduled to hit ohio, pennsylvania, virginia, and florida in the span of just eight hours today. today is the last day for d.c. voters to cast their ballots before most people vote on tuesday. early voting officially ends in the district tonight. last week people waited in long lines to cast their ballots. if you're heading out you have from 8:30 this morning until 9:00 tonight to cast your vote.
or else wait until election day on tuesday. meantime it is also the last day for in person absentee voting in virginia. the polls are open now and stay open until 5:00 this evening. early voting is officially over in maryland and now some are worried about expected crowds on election day. in prince georges county long lines were the norm as people tried to cast their ballots before tuesday. some waited three or four hours to cast their vote. around 56,000 people have taken advantage of early voting in the county. that's just 10% of registered voters. >> the facilities we are using are not -- don't have the capacity that we need to really conduct early voting. >> despite the long waits administrators say tuesday should not be a problem because there will be a lot more polling places open for voters. be sure to stay with news 4 as we count down the hours until the big election. we'll have complete coverage leading up to tuesday and of course all of the results. you can also stay up to date on
our website nbc and metro riders, you should add a little more time to your weekend ride. track work has shut down two normally busy stations. the rosalind and arlington cemetery stations are closed so crews can make repairs and install cables. buses will replace trains between foggy bottom and courthouse on the orange line and on the red line there will be single tracking between twin brooke and grovener as well as forest glen and tacoma. everything will be back to normal monday morning. we're used to this on the weekend. >> the time right now is 9:08. ahead on news 4 today the space shuttle "atlantis" arrives at its new home and we'll take a look at the final journey. and falling fines. the price of getting caught on d.c.'s speed cameras is going down. find out when the new fines take effect. chat with us on facebook and twitter during the show. just search news 4 today. we are back in a moment. charlie rose: will you endorse president obama?
colin powell: yes. when he took over we were in one of the... worst recessions we had seen in recent times... close to a depression. and i saw, over the next several years, stabilization... come back in the financial community. housing is starting to pick up. the president saved the auto industry. and the actions he's taken with respect to... protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid. and so, i think we ought to keep on the track that we are on. president obama: i'm barack obama and... i approve this message.
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welcome to life on fios. contact the verizon center for customers with disabilities at 800-974-6006 tty/v. space shuttle "atlantis" has made it to its new home. yesterday the shuttle took a very slow ten-mile journey. it is going on permanent display at the space center's visitors' complex. this is the final retired nasa shuttle to arrive at its final location. drivers in the district will soon pay a little less if caught on camera speeding. news 4's tom sherwood breaks down the big changes in d.c. speed camera fines and how the money will help keep the district safe. >> reporter: d.c. has dozens of speed cameras to catch motorists. fines raise from $75 to $250 far higher than any other local jurisdiction. mayor vincent gray friday moved to curb some of the anger over the high fines and complains the city is just raising revenue.
he says beginning monday he'll lower some of the fines for speeding but raise others. >> i think this is a very responsible thing to do and obviously is connected to public safety. i have said from the very beginning that this was a public safety issue for me, not an effort to raise additional revenue. >> reporter: and the mayor says he will use traffic bond revenues to hire 100 more police officers to help control growing parts of the city bringing the force to 4,000 officers for the first time in years. beginning monday, speeding up to ten miles an hour will cost $50 instead of $75. speeding 15 miles per hour will cost $75 instead of $100. speeding up to 25 will remain the same at $200 and the top fine for exceeding any limit by 25 miles per hour rises from $250 to $300. chief cathy lanier says only 2% of speeders are repeat speeders and says most get the message. >> once they get that ticket they tend to not speed again
especially in the same area. >> reporter: ward 6 council member tommy wells pursuing legislation to lower fines even more praised the mayor but said fines are still too high. >> the mayor is not going far enough. he really risks a citizen back lash against the whole camera enforcement program. >> reporter: in the district tom sherwood, news 4. >> time right now is 9:14. coming up, maryland basketball tunes up for the regular season. >> plus find out how long the cold, windy weather is going to stick around. chuck has your weekend forecast coming up.
a reminder this weekend to fall back. daylight savings time ends sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow it goes back one hour. it is a great time to check the batteries on the smoke alarms. >> it means we'll be seeing the sun a lot less. >> yes. gets dark early. >> it'll get light earlier. so if you have to be up at 6:30 in the morning you'll appreciate
where you're gaining the daylight. >> what time is it going down? >> 5:04 tomorrow. >> my goodness. >> i hate that. >> i like other things about it but these early sunsets. tonight the sun is going down just after 6:00 but starting tomorrow oh, back to standard time. the sun is down at 5:04 tomorrow afternoon and it won't be long before we have sunsets before 5:00 p.m. brace yourself. all the way through the end of the year. sun? what sun? this morning you can't even see it. might as well go up and come down whenever it wants to. we haven't seen a nice, sunny day in more than a week. remember, a week ago thursday when we were 84 degrees and sunny? how long ago does that feel like now? 46 degrees. we have not seen even a peek of the sunshine since last saturday so it's been a full week. i guess you did see a little tiny peek yesterday. and we might see one or two more tiny peeks. you see right there? that is a little break in the
cloud cover. you can get three or five minutes of sunshine as the cloud goes through that and the sunshine peeks through those clouds. on the whole it is going to be cloudy, breezy, and chilly all day today. temperatures are stranded in the mid 40s right now. it'll be lucky to get up into the low and mid 50s for a brief time today. again, that northwesterly breeze 10 to 20 miles per hour on average and even a little stronger than that for you folks in the high spots north and west of town. keeping it very chilly indeed. your hometown forecast frederick, maryland. this one is for you. up to 48 degrees by noon time. a few breaks of sunshine here and there but then going back to mostly cloudy as we get back toward 6:00 this evening. temperatures back into the mid 40s. and by 11:00 tonight back down into the upper 30s. so a real bundle up factor. one thing we don't have to worry about is rainfall. it'll be dry today and most of us will be dry tomorrow. this little impulse will be drifting into southwestern and south central virginia. you folks from charlottesville down to blacksburg a little better chance for rain drops there tomorrow. i think our biggest impact for us will be more cloud cover in
our southwestern viewing area. the cold pattern continues around here. that northwesterly flow setting up shop. the relatively dryer air is going to clear things out a little bit overnight tonight. that in and of itself is a double edged sword. a little clearing yes but that'll make for an even colder start tomorrow morning than today. but the good news for all of us is that the sunshine really starts to come back tomorrow and monday is looking like a nice day, too. this little area of storminess is not going to bother us but another low forming off the coast of north carolina wednesday and thursday might. we'll keep a close eye on that. so today cloudy, breezy, chilly. peeks of the sun. that's about it. sunset 6:05 today. 5:04 tomorrow. mostly sunny. staying on the chilly side tomorrow. even with the sunshine it's going to be a cool day for sure. temperatures staying well below average. keep in mind now this is early november. our average high is 62. there is not even one number on the seven-day forecast within about eight degrees of average. so we'll be cold all week long.
tuesday looks dry for election day. that's good. we're keeping an eye out on a chance for a coastal storm as we get toward wednesday and thursday. it is a fall forecast. yes indeed. college football. navy is at home today taking on florida. atlantic. 54 degrees. a 3:30 kick off in annapolis. breezy and chilly there. midshipmen need a win. i could not forget the service academy. the commander in chief spot is up for grabs. army and air force. up in new york. 55. cloudy and windy. i'm not sure which team that would favor. the big one in baton rouge tonight. >> this is going to be big. >> alabama and lsu. who knows who is going to win this thing? these two teams, heard this is going to be a good one. 8:00 tonight. 75 degrees. crazy things happen in baton rouge. >> lsu has lost once. >> they did lose once. okay. so a tough game. all right. thanks.
>> more sports now the terps men prepare for the season opener against kentucky. >> carol maloney has it all in the morning's sports. good saturday morning everyone. we'll start on the hardwood. bring on kentucky. the maryland terapins wrapped up their exhibition season with their first and only preseason game friday night against iup. indiana university of pennsylvania. a lot of new guys in the rotation and the one name that really stood out last night guard seth allen. a special message. a marriage proposal. perhaps the duke game would have been my choice but she seems to be happy and says yes. game action first half. here's those quick hands. comes up with one of his five steals going coast to coast. allen was game high 16 points. terps though down 1 of 3. second half maryland now up six. the turnover.
allen hits the deck going for the ball. terps get it back. faust is feeling it. drains the three. the sophomore with 13 points. maryland wins 73-61. they'll open up the season next friday against defending national champions. the skins are much better than the 3-5 record would tell you. before you duplissea thismiss t cliche' keep in mind nobody was saying it last year when they sported the same 3-5 mark. a better than expected startd for the rookie t.b. makes up for a lot. >> if you told me robert would be the most successful quarterback in the nfl for yard per play for second and third down i'd say you were crazy. so for a guy to be able to do that and still have limited turnovers has been pretty impressive. now robert will be the first one to tell you it's a bunch of guys
working together, just not him. robert would also say that the stats don't mean anything until you start. a lot goes into it. very proud of what he has done and unbelievable still getting better. >> speaking of winning football games check out what happened down a couple levels. briarwood visiting loudoun county with the district title on the line. all briarwood first quarter. looking for more. 45 yards later 14-0. briarwood. mcsorely threw for two tds third quarter decides to run this one in. finding some room ten yards out. makes it 31-0, woods. on defense the falcons were ball hawks. they recovered a fumble, brought in two interceptions. the last one to put the final touches on the shutout. briarwood the three-time dulles district champs with a 45-0 win.
>> everyone is a family here so we're just proud, pride in ourselves, our program, the way we've come up past the years. it's almost, you know, no one would have thought we'd be at this point now but we're going to keep it going. >> that wraps up the regular season of high school football. bring on the playoffs. until then i'm carol maloney. i hope your saturday is a good one. >> thanks, carol. the time right now 9:25. breaking news. we've heard d.c. police have arrested a man in connection with a brutal assault at an apartment complex that happened earlier this week. we'll have that later coming up. also ahead on news 4 today recovering from hurricane sandy. power crews continue to repair downed power lines. getting homes back online. >> we take a close look at the virginia ballot measure concerning eminent domain. you're watching news 4 today the
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the controversy after the storm. the last-minute decision to cancel the new york city marathon. >> this is the final weekend before tuesday's presidential election. both candidates plan events in virginia. we'll get a preview first we've got some breaking news. d.c. police arrest a man in connection with a brutal attack at a northeast d.c. apartment complex on rhode island avenue. this is the surveillance video police put out hoping that they would catch the suspect. they say he broke into the woman's rhode island row apartment, tried to sexual assault her, then stabbed her multiple times. but this morning officers have arrested 19-year-old demarco miles after allegedly attacking and sexually assaulting another woman at howard university. he'll be charged in both cases. the police chief said she was confident he would strike again if he wasn't caught. >> you can count on news 4 to
follow up on the story throughout the day and also have more information on our shows later on news 4 at 6:00 and later tonight on news 4 at 11:00. good morning. welcome to news 4 today. i'm angie goff. >> i'm richard jordan. it is saturday, november 3rd, 2012. let's get a quick check of our forecast now. it is a chilly start. but maybe we'll actually see the sun today. >> where is your coat? you got your mug at least. >> i got a coat on. that is most important. i've switched out the ice cold water i usually have for hot tea. because it is cold and breezy this morning. no sunshine just yet. we will see one or two little breaks coming in later on this afternoon. you're probably going to have to wait until tomorrow and monday and that northwesterly breeze is substantial. be ready for it. there is our live picture over downtown washington. you can see there are a few breaks in the clouds out there so we'll get a peek or two at the sunshine. it's still chilly. northwest winds averaging 13 miles per hour now and temperatures only in the low to mid 40s. we will rise slowly today up
into upper 40s and low 50s. nothing showing up on storm team 4 doppler right now. cloudy, breezy, and chilly today with temperatures again struggling to make the low 50s. the cavaliers of virginia are on the road in raleigh. a little nicer day down there in raleigh. a 12:30 kickoff. sunny and cool for the cavaliers. 56 degrees again with the northwesterly breeze for them and maryland is at home playing georgia tech. the rambling wreck has come north. 50 degrees. the kickoff also 12:30. mostly cloudy. breezy. chilly. if you've got a seat on a metal bleacher i would suggest bringing something insulating to put between you and that. >> some of those hand warmers maybe. >> yes. a nice warm cup of tea. whatever it takes. onion soup. anything. >> thanks. it has been a long week for people up and down the east coast. five days after hurricane sandy made landfall today president obama will meet with his top aides and lawmakers with the
government response to the storm being assessed. he'll also talk with fema in new york. patience is running thin as new jersey governor's chris christie's order to ration gas. the president has ordered 22 million gallons of fuel for the region and it is the end of the road for this year's new york city marathon. mayor michael bloomberg officially canceled tomorrow's race. the decision to go ahead with this earlier this week despite extensive damage in the city outraged many new yorkers. most praised the decision to scrap it but not everyone. >> i feel for all the people that have problems but you don't pull the plug at the last minute. he could have made that decision days and days ago. >> coming to their senses and realizing these resources are going to be needed where it is truly needed. >> the marathon would have brought 40,000 runners through parts of the city that are still dealing with all the damage. today power crews in our area are in storm ravaged new jersey this morning. while the power could be back on
for people in manhattan by the end of today in parts of new jersey restoring power is taking a bit longer. news 4's jim rosenthal reports. >> 31 degrees outside. we're freezing. >> reporter: desperate pleas from the powerless in essex county. residents see utility trucks and beg for relief. >> is it tough on you guys? >> yeah. we're doing our best. a lot of damage. >> reporter: their best means navigating around a maze of massive downed trees. 100 of them in essex fells alone. it is slowing restoration to the estimated 700,000 customers still without power in a state with about 1.5 million still in the dark at last count. >> i looked outside and it was like christmas. somebody delivering new telephone poles. >> reporter: and more help is on the way. after governor christie urged the utilities to speed up restoration. thousands of crews from other states are now descending on the region. the first of 1500 from virginia
dominion set out from national harbor in maryland. the largest out of state deployment ever mobilized by that company. even with the extra help it's messes like this that slows the crews down. the company estimates it will be the coming week before all the power is restored. in essex fells, new jersey, news 4. >> stay with news 4 and nbc for the latest on hurricane sandy's impact. and remember to help the storm victims you can go to red or call 1-800-help now where you can text the word red cross to 90999. make a $10 donation. this morning police in fairfax county believe a sexual assault in springfield is connected to a string of incidents in the past two months. the latest assaults happened thursday night on commerce street as a woman was waiting for the bus. that makes eight similar attacks in the past two months all in the springfield area. police believe this man here is responsible for the assaults. he is described as 5'8" tall
with a neatly trimmed beard. police are asking anyone with information to contact them immediately. turning now to decision 2012 we are just three days away from the election. president obama will be in virginia tonight at the jiffy lube live for a star studded rally featuring former president bill clinton and singer dave matthews. the president and mitt romney are both covering a lot of ground this weekend trying to motivate voters. they both used yesterday's jobs report as proof that they would be the best choice to be commander-in-chief. >> we learned the companies hired more workers in october than in any time in the last eight months. >> we learned that it is actually 7.9%. that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. >> romney will also be traveling to the commonwealth before tuesday's election. he has a rally scheduled for monday afternoon at george mason university. today is the last chance for many local voters wanting to cast a ballot before election day to head to the polls. it is the final day for early
voting in all eight of d.c.'s wards and also the last day to cast an in person absentee ballot in virginia. meantime early voting for people in maryland ended yesterday. virginians have plenty to vote for on tuesday. one issue is question one. a ballot measure concerning eminent domain. northern virginia bureau chief julie carey had the details on what this issue means for those living in the commonwealth. >> reporter: you'd never know dale's secluded six acre property is next to this spotsylvania mall and on may 5, 2005 a planned mall and road expansion shattered the tranquility here. she was stunned by bulldozers outside tearing up her property and private road. >> they cut down trees. they bulldozed trees down. and the biggest thing is they destroyed my road. >> reporter: years later swanson is still fighting to be reimbursed for the damage. the experience made her a fierce advocate for question one on the virginia ballot. the constitutional amendment would only allow eminent domain
powers the taking or damaging of private property when it is for public use not for any kind of private gain or even economic development. attorney general ken kucuccinel is one of the biggest proponents. >> the government is a bully and bullies are tough on people who can't stand up to them. >> loudoun county chamber of commerce president tony howard says adequate private property protection already exists in virginia law. >> the business community really believes these types of protections which we support by and large are best left to the state code. >> reporter: howard also fears if passed the constitutional change could hurt virginia's business friendly reputation. >> it's written so broadly and the wording is so imprecise we don't know necessarily how it's going to rear its ugly head down the road. a lot of local governments are concerned. >> reporter: city officials in some jurisdictions even worry that the constitutional amendment could be interpreted so broadly that if they wanted to close down a street like this
for a parade or art fair it would be prohibited. >> but they insist the added protection is needed. >> without question one we have no protection. we are living under the illusion we have protection and we don't. in about 90 minutes the million puppet march demonstration in support of funding for public broadcasting will occur. the organizer says he was inspired after hearing mitt romney say during the first presidential debate he wants to cut funding for groups like pbs. the march starts at 11:00 at lincoln park and goes to the reflecting pool where there will be a rally. be sure to stay with news 4. we have complete coverage up to the election and the results on tuesday night. you can stay up to date on our website nbc good morning everyone. the time right now is 9:38. coming up space shuttle enterprise will need some repairs after hurricane sandy damaged it. we'll take a look at what needs to be fixed.
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today engineers in manhattan will begin securing a giant crane damaged by hurricane sandy. the crane is still dangling almost 80 stories up and people living nearby are not allowed into their homes. new york mayor michael bloomberg says securing the crane should take about 36 hours and he hopes residents will be able to return home by monday night. new york's famous coney island aquarium is still without power and might soon have to be evacuated. staff have been working to restore filter system to the 14 acre aquarium but right now there is not enough electricity to keep the tanks going.
power is not restored soon, the staff will have to relocate more than 12,000 marine animals including sharks, penguins, and walruses. sandy also did damage to the space shuttle "enterprise." the shuttle is currently on display at the intrepid sea, air, and space museum. sandy damaged the tail of the shuttle but otherwise it was unharmed. the storm also destroyed the inflatable, temporary pavilion housing the shuttle. it's a sign that new york city is slowly getting back to normal. central park is back open this morning. park staff have spent the last several days clearing debris from the park. hurricane sandy damaged or destroyed more than 500 trees in the park. visitors are still warned to use caution as cleanup continues. ♪ who says you can't go home there's only one place they call me one of their own ♪ >> john bon jovi was one of the many stars last night who came
together for hurricane sandy relief joined by billy joel, bruce springsteen, christina aguilera, aero smith, sting, mary j. blige for hurricane sandy coming together. the nbc telethon raised money for the red cross to go to sandy victims up and down the east coast. for several of last night's performers the devastation on the jersey shore hits close to home. >> back stage jon bon jovi, springsteen and comedian john stewart jokingly referred to themselves as the jersey boys and said that for an event that had to come together so swiftly it was worth it to help rebuild the communities and landmarks that are so dear and near to them. >> you know, i think we've all spent a lot of time and we make pleas for certain crises and disasters in far away lands so now it is our house. you're like, you understand you're -- it's a strange feeling. you kind of swallow your pride a little bit. even to say, hey man, we need help here, is not an easy thing to do. you know, a proud area. >> reporter: you can still donate to help those affected by
sandy. just go to and click on hurricane sandy coming together. >> the destruction is still -- >> it's hard to grasp. >> we saw a little early richie was on early and said his mom's home was affected and flooded out in jersey. >> they're thinking about is there any way to protect new york harbor and they've been running numbers on what it would take to be able to seal storm surges out. it would probably be about a $15 billion project but that might be only one-third of the total damages from this storm so in comparison something like that might actually be something they have to consider going forward. scary stuff for them. we send our hearts and prayers up to new york city and everybody else in new jersey who is so badly affected. for us here in washington we really really want to see a little sunshine. maybe not so much today. we'll talk about your weekend forecast. [ male announcer ] pillsbury grands biscuits.
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okay. so it seems a little early to go looking for a christmas tree. doesn't it? well, not when it's the tree that goes to the capitol building. the 73-foot englemann spruce that will decorate the capitol grounds was harvested from white river national forest in colorado yesterday. a crane hoisted it on to a huge flat bed truck. it takes two days to wrap it before it makes the trip out here. look at that. >> huge. >> like a plons ter. >> yeah. 73 footer. that would fill up the living room all right. >> 73 feet. >> it would be great. >> i know. >> imagine having the space for that kind of tree. >> we talk about it being kind of far away but we're into november. >> yes. >> and it feels like christmas and holiday shopping weather outside. >> and we were talking earlier you're already getting, putting the registry together. take a look and pick out any of
the items. >> you're joking. >> a little joke. so yes. cloudy skies. it feels a whole lot more like december than early november. temperatures today once again falling about 10 degrees or more short of average and tomorrow the next couple days the northwesterly breeze continues. it's going to get chillier and chillier with each passing day. the good news is i think today is the last day where we face this kind of cloud cover. i think tomorrow afternoon we start to break out in decent amounts of sunshine around here. for today looking and feeling like december outside for sure. 46 right now at national airport. northwest winds averaging 13 miles per hour. still. it's pretty much chilly from the blue ridge to the bay. winchester, front royal, strasburg all in the low 40s. even by the time you get out toward annapolis and down to solomon's island temperatures only in the mid 40s. your hometown forecast in annapolis, nice day to be on the inside looking at your boat.
temperatures will only struggle into the low 50s for a time with peeks of sunshine here and there but it is still going to be a mostly cloudy day. temperatures back down into the mid 40s by 11:00. the one good thing is we don't have to worry about any rainfall after a real soaking from sandy here. generally 5 to 7 inches of rain earlier in the week so we can appreciate dryness for the weekend. this little ripple in the atmosphere is aiming for southwestern virginia. we'll see a little increase in cloud cover for you folks down toward charlottesville, southern end of the shenandoah valley. i think rain chances stay -- this system stays south of us. our next chance for rain comes up wednesday and thursday with another potential coastal storm to watch. a cold pattern for us with high pressure in charge will try and clear things out a bit tonight but even that, even a clearing sky, is sort of a double edged sword because temperatures will be back down into the 30s for most. national airport has not been below 40 degrees since early march and if we don't get there tonight we'll almost certainly get there tomorrow night. the good news is for all of us sunshine starts to come back into the picture for tomorrow
and i think it stays around for monday as well. this coastal storm stays out to sea. today breezy, cloudy, chilly. temperatures only in the upper 40s and low 50s. tomorrow the sunshine comes back. it'll be up an hour earlier but also be down an hour earlier. sunset tomorrow at 5:04 in the afternoon. here is our extended forecast which still looks a lot more like december than november. highs nowhere close to average all week long. it will be dry for election day. so that is good news. we'll keep an eye on wednesday, thursday for a chance of some chilly rain. all right. howard university at home today taking on hampton. it is going to be 51 degrees. a 1:00 kick off there. go bisons. the nittany lions are on the road in west lafayette taking on the boilermakers of purdue. a chance for showers out there. and southern california the big game on the left coast, oregon down to southern cal today. 75 degrees at the 7:00 kick off east coast time but that means the sun will still be out on the west coast. more of your football forecast
coming up. >> thanks, chuck. this morning with days until election day we have a political theme to kids post this week. here is eun yang. >> good morning. this week on kids post on tv the election slate. the battleground states and an electoral map you can decorate. join us once again with tracy graham of "the washington post" kids post. good morning. nice to see you. >> great to be with you. >> first insightful letters from children about all of these political ads. this girl wrote the commercials went from obama to romney to tim kaine to george allen and since 99% of the things are bogus they are wasting lots of money. yikes. this 11-year-old wrote doing campaigns like the big bird commercials and saying the other candidate is telling lies is low. the candidates should be showing that they are honorable, kind, hard working people. and this 12-year-old wrote instead of ads that attack each other why not let people better understand their motives? they spend millions of dollars just for attacking and defending
like football so let's make the ads positive so we can really move forward. out of the mouths of babes. come on. >> wow. >> this is from a class of sixth graders in montgomery county we feature a bunch in tuesday's kids post as a way to sort of highlight how involved kids actually are in the election. they're really engaged. and the fact that they are feeling the sense of negativity that allot of the adults have been talking about. >> they totally get it. >> and they have a real sense of fairness. if there is one thing about kids they have a sense of fairness and they understand that they were really outraged at the notion you could lie in an ad. >> i hope they soon become the leaders of our country. >> absolutely. >> and put those thoughts to the test. you're also helping children understand the whole electoral college can be confusing even for some adults. >> absolutely. in sunday's kids post we have something we hope families will pull out and use on election night. it's an electoral map that you
can actually color in yourself. get your red markers, blue markers. and as a family as you're watching the election results you can color it in. it's in sunday's kids post. it has a little art and history element to it. we also do explain what all of those numbers, how they add up. >> some of those states might be blank until morning. thanks so much. for fun family activities visit nbc or "the washington post".com and click on kids post. that is kids post on tv this week. i'm eun yang. at the box office this weekend the video game world comes to life in "wreck-it ralph." for decades ralph has been over shadowed by the good guy so he leaves his game and decides he has what it takes to be the
hero. john c. riley stars in this animated adventure and it's rated pg. >> denzel washington stars as the pilot whose world is turned upside down in "flight" after seeing almost everyone onboard during a mid flight catastrophe he is hailed as a hero but as more details come out we discover what really happened on the plane. the rating is r. >> we already saw this clip. it provides a later take on the vampire genre. alicia silverstone is a blood sucker living it up and partying every night. wonder what that is like. when one of them falls in love with a vampire hunter they realize their destinies are at stake. it's rated pg 13. >> kristin ritter is talented and funny. up and comer. the time right now 9:56. >> today is the final day to cast your vote before tuesday's election if you want to vote
early. we'll give you a preview of what you can expect in d.c. and virginia.
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hi everyone. good morning. i'm richard jordan. >> i'm angie goff. welcome to news 4 today. today is saturday, november 3rd, 2012. >> we are following some breaking news right now. d.c. police arrested a man in connection with a brutal attack at a northeast d.c. apartment complex. officers say they arrested 19-year-old demarco miles last night. last week police say he broke into a woman's rhode island row apartment, tried to sexual assault her, then stabbed her multiple times. authorities arrested miles after he allegedly sexually assaulted another woman at howard university yesterday afternoon. he is going to be charged in both cases now. >> turning your eyes to the weather it looks like we might be fighting for some sunshine today. >> let's go to meteorologist chuck bell. >> hey, good morning.
yes indeed, a very cloudy sky outside first thing this morning. you might get a little peek here and there at the sunshine but that's going to be it. that is the view from our camera here high atop the station looking down past the national cathedral. many clouds outside early this morning. temperatures are only in the mid 40s. so a real chill in the air with a northwesterly breeze continuing. you need to bundle up for today. nice, hot cup of soup for lunch would be a great idea. temperatures only making it into the low and mid 50s for a brief time today. so breezy and chilly. perfect weather for football. college football in fact. the bowie bulldogs art home for a 1:00 kick off in bowie today. 52 degrees in bowie for that one. christopher newport university down in newport news taking on the pride of greensboro college. 49 degrees for that one. the mountaineers of west virginia taking on tcu up in morgantown. cloudy, chilly, breezy. that ought to favor the home team after a couple tough losses. back to you guys. >> thanks.
>> it's been five days since hurricane sandy slammed into the east coast and the devastation is still very evident. today president obama is expected to meet with top aides and lawmakers to monitor the government's response to the storm. the storm is now blamed for 109 deaths in the u.s. and the number is still climbing. >> meantime crews and first responders in our area are going out there to help people in some of the worst hit areas. 2.5 million people still have no power and more than half of them are in new jersey. >> some relief could be on the way for drivers who cannot fill up their tanks because of a gas shortage. the obama administration has ordered the purchase of as much as 22 million gallons in fuel and diesel for the areas hardest hit by the storms. people in new york and new jersey have had major problems getting back this week with lines that stretch for miles. the lines are so bad for gas governor christie ordered gas rationing based on the last number of your license plate. the race is off for the new york city marathon. after days of outrage over new york mayor michael bloomberg's
decision to hold the race that would bring 40,000 runners into a city in distress. bloomberg initially said the race would boost the economy and inspire the city to move on though most people objected. much of the marathon would have gone through some of the hardest hit areas and the race would have closed roads and bridges at a time when transportation is already difficult. red cross workers from our area are helping victims of hurricane sandy. the red cross at fairfax tells us at least one emergency response crew is being sent to help with the recovery effort. there is no word yet where they will be sent or stationed. meantime about 1500 dominion virginia workers are working to restore power in central new jersey. hundreds of thousands there are still in the dark after sandy. many of these crews also responded after hurricane katri katrina. because so many gas stations have no power they are taking their own fuel and other supplies with them. they're working shifts of at least 12 hours. and be sure to stay with news 4 and nbc for
continuing coverage of hurricane sandy's impact. remember to help storm victims you can go to red or call 1-800-help now or text the word red cross to 90999 to make a $10 donation. today is the last chance for d.c. voters to head to the polls before the rush of tuesday's election. early voting officially ends in the district tonight. last week people waited in long lines to cast their ballots. this weekend early voting in each of the eight wards runs through 9:00 tonight. it's also the last day for in person absentee voting in virginia, a state that's back battleground for votes that everyone will be watching. news 4's derrick ward is live this morning in fairfax as the first voters roll in. good morning, derrick. >> reporter: good morning. indeed this is the last stage for early absentee voting here in virginia. it begins or ends rather at 5:00 today. now overall we are told that the voter registration is up statewide but early voting at this point seems to be down over
2008. in 2008 about 30% of the votes cast in northern virginia were early votes. however, it's a little different this year. this is one of the states where you have to show a valid reason why you plan to vote early. military service, cared for invalids. there are about a dozen reasons the board of elections accepts as reasons for early voting. as for the turnout today it is moderate and has been fluctuating somewhat. it's been enough for some people to say maybe they won't vote today but come back on tuesday. >> i'll either come back this afternoon or go to my usual polling place tuesday morning. i kind of like the feel of doing it on the actual day. sometimes that is not convenient. if you're in chicago and your voting place is in fairfax doesn't work. >> i voted last year on election night. same volume, same excitement and enthusiasm. >> reporter: some people like the enthusiasm or at least the excitement of voting on tuesday but some say you can get it when
you vote early. fairfax county, early voting here at the fairfax county government center and across the satellite centers. it will end at 5:00. we are live in fairfax county. news 4. now back to you. >> thank you. some maryland election administrators are concerned about possible long lines on election day. in prince georges county long lines were the norm as people tried to cast their ballots before tuesday. some waited three or four hours to cast their ballots. around 56,000 people took advantage of the early voting in the county. that's just about 10% of registered voters. despite the long wait officials say tuesday should not be a problem because there will be more polling places open for voters. and be sure to stay with news 4. we'll have complete coverage leading up to the election and of course all the results tuesday night. you can also stay up to date on our website nbc the time right now is 10:06. after the break what you need to know to avoid delays on metro this weekend. two stations are closed for
track work. >> parking confusion in the district. do you where the bike lane ends and where the parking begins? we'll show you. >> you can join us right now online this morning on facebook and twitter and just search news 4 today. 4 today. we are back in a moment. in virginia, we know education means opportunity. that's why tim kaine expanded pre-k... championed higher ed and job training... helping make virginia "the best state to raise a child." but george allen has not made our kids a priority.
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confused at times. news 4's transportation reporter adam todd says it is becoming a big issue for both bikers and drivers. >> reporter: time after time after time cars, trucks, buses parking and driving in the brand new bike lanes on l street in northwest. now to be fair this bike lane project is not completely finished and in some cases the proper signage isn't up. but along certain blocks everything is in place and still people blocking the lanes. the new bike lane on l street stretches from new hampshire avenue down to 12th street and the d.c. department of transportation has had to take about a hundred parking spaces on the north side of l street to make these lanes. talking about the balancing act of taking away parking while opening up a bike lane. >> we do see cars that go into the bike lane to park most of the time and it's a big problem. >> just as we were talking a charter bus parked right in the
bike lane. lyle not too happy with the driver. >> always want to take care of the peoplefirst. it's the same thing with the sandy situation. >> i know you got a job to do. we're just out here trying to educate people about the fact that these are bike lanes. >> anyone caught parking in a bike lane could be slapped with a $65 ticket. what is that like when you see that? >> certainly not welcome. it's a bit dangerous because if you have to actually -- bike lanes are getting more crowded. it feels like we're maybe not being as considered as seriously as we should be as bikers. >> reporter: not every biker sees the need for friction between drivers and by sickists. >> i think the cycle tracks make it a lot easier and drivers benefit too from having bicycle route traffic concentrate on fewer routes rather than all over the place. >> reporter: the l street bike lane project should be finished in the coming days. until then the message from the city, share the road. news 4. >> did you learn your lesson?
>> i did. >> you got ? >> stories like that do help. >> yes. >> a lot of times it's frustrating to be a driver. i drive everywhere and finding parking is always a process. if you get lost that adds on to it. you drive in lanes you're not supposed to. >> as a downtown dweller i like having all those bike lanes like that. makes it so much nicer. of course i don't have to drive in the city very much thankfully. >> fewer parking spaces doesn't necessarily seem like a good idea for people to have to drive in. >> a nice day for a bike ride? >> it would be as long as you've got all of your winter gear out and ready to go. >> you got your ear muffs on. >> you have to be tough. we'll talk about your weekend
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and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. very breezy start to the weekend. >> yes. but there are breaks of sunshine. some people tweeted it out to me. they're like chuck i've seen it. it's a bright, shining object in the sky and appears ever so
briefly from time to time. so yes a little bit of sunshine for today. still going to be a mostly cloudy kind of chilly day outside today. definitely got a bundle up factor. nonetheless, a little sun today. a whole lot more sunshine tomorrow. so that'll be the day that looks a lot prettier. look at that on our camera. look at all the blue in that sky. that's good stuff right there. the further north and west you live or travel today the more the clouds are going to hang tough. you folks out toward the blue ridge and up into the mountains of west virginia almost no sunshine for you today. the further east and away from the mountains you get you get a little bit more blue sky in the picture and that is welcome news. still going to be a mostly cloudy afternoon but a little peek here and there will help lift your spirits just a touch. it's been nearly a week since we've had much in the way of sunshine here. temperatures are going to stay very, very chilly. our average high temperature this time of the year is in the low to -- low 60s. we'll be lucky if we get to within 10 degrees of average any time this week. national airport also has not
been below 40 degrees since early march and if not tonight then certainly tomorrow night and the days ahead we will be falling into the 30s even here in town. hometown forecast, annandale, virginia, fairfax county nice today but chilly and breezy. good day for raking leaves. rake them from the northwest corner to the southeast corner because that is the way the wind will be helping you. up into the low 50s for a brief time today. back into the mid 40s by 7:30 tonight and 11:00, midnight time frame temperatures close to the 30s once again. a dry day today and tomorrow so that's very welcome news after the soaker we had earlier in the week. this little ripple on the atmosphere is going to go down into southwestern virginia so if you're living or traveling down in that direction today be on the lookout for some rain showers tonight into tomorrow. i don't think that one is going to bother us too much but there will be another storm later in the week which will bring us a chance for rain. the cold pattern lingers through the rest of the weekend. todaynd tonight.
tonight the skies will clear out just a touch. that'll make it even colder tomorrow morning than it was this morning but sunshine coming back for tomorrow will be a very nice looking afternoon. this little coastal storm not going to be much of a factor for us but wednesday, thursday we're keeping an eye on it. mostly cloudy today. a little peek of sun here and there. breezy and chilly today. sunset at 6:05 today. enjoy it everybody. fall back. put your clocks back one hour tonight. change the batteries in your smoke detector as well. tomorrow the first day of standard time the sun goes back down at 5:04 tomorrow afternoon. that is just gloomy. then as we look at the extended forecast cold around here. it will be dry for election day. if you don't vote you can't complain. we're keeping an eye out when the wednesday, thursday time frame. old dominion, odu folks a shout out. on the road in atlanta playing georgia state today. 76 degrees. the show me your misery.
look out. >> missouri. >> the gators got the bulldogs beat last week. they'll be mad in the swamp today. good luck, missouri. you'll need it. 79 degrees. great football weather. my beloved sooners on the road today in ames, iowa taking on the cyclones of iowa state. 47 degrees. we need to get back on it. pat collins and the fighting irish got us last week. it was painful. we're doing hurricane coverage monday and pat collins comes up oh, so sorry. >> no mercy. >> no mercy at all. >> i have a bye this week. south carolina. no pressure. >> you can't lose if you don't play. >> right. all right. thanks, chuck. some good news for those looking to grab extra sleep. you get to fall back as daylight savings time ends tomorrow. time shifts back an hour at 2:00 a am to 1:00 p.m. firefighters say it is a great time to check the batteries on the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors too. the time right now 10:20.
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more now on the breaking news we've been following this morning. d.c. police arrest'd man in connection with a brutal attack at a northeast d.c. apartment complex. officers say they arrested 19-year-old demarco miles last night. last week police say he is the man that broke into a woman's rhode island row apartment, tried to sexual assault her, and then stabbed her multiple times. police put out the surveillance video. authorities arrested miles after he allegedly sexually assaulted another woman at howard university yesterday. he's now going to be charged in both cases. some of the biggest names in cooking are showing off their skills right now in d.c. for the 2012 metro cooking show. this is video from last year's event. this year michael simon and tom calicio are some of the celebrity chefs making an appearance. there are more than 400 specialty food exhibits on display. tickets are $27 at the door. at the washington convention center. today the event runs from 10:00 to 7:00. tomorrow it runs from 10:00 to
6:00. apple fans, you have a new toy to get. the ipad mini is officially for sale but is it worth getting? nbc's news tech blog says it's a great alternative for those who want the ipad but not the high price tag though analysts say one drawback is the price tag. the cheapest ipad mini is $329. about $130 more than the amazon kindle fire. users don't seem to mind to get the popular ipad. >> i have started to do all my newspapers, magazines, books, on my technology. but i'm finding that the iphone, the text is smaller and smaller and the ipad i like to read in bed but it is a little too clumsy and i drop it. this to me is the perfect size. >> apple is offering different versions of ipad mini with different storage sizes and cellular connections just like the other ipad. all right. you know you love it.
south korean rapper sai's gangnam style is an international smash. now apparently robots know it too. ♪ lots of people gathered around to see some robots with serious moves at thisobotic competition in china. of course the robots didn't just go gangnam. the dance begins with a variety of songs and robot groups kind of like synchronized swimming i guess. i don't know. doing coordinated numbers there. they even drew crowds with robot costumes. >> oh, wow. >> that was pretty impressive. >> yeah. so funny. so weather in a nutshell for the weekend. a lot of people wondering. >> it is going to be a hot soup kind of weekend. or maybe good pot roast. >> not like foggy soup. >> no. we'll get a little sunshine today and a lot more tomorrow.
good weather for the redskins game tomorrow. but it's just so chilly outside. not even close to average. we'll be about 10 degrees cooler than average. lucky to be in the low 50s today and tomorrow. definitely a fun one. >> that's our news for today. thanks for joining us. >> we'll be back here tomorrow morning dark and early starting at 6:00. until then have a great saturday everybody.